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Preparing Students for Their Future

Welcome to Center ISD - Center ISD is a K-12 public education school located in the heart of the Piney Woods of East Texas. Located at the geographical center of Shelby County, Center is the county seat and the largest school district in the county. Rated a Conference 4A district in UIL athletic and academic competition with 6 campuses and over 2500 students. Home to the Roughriders, Center ISD is committed to promoting academic excellence, human relations, and physical well being to all students through programs based on equity and excellence.


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Gifted and Talented


Gifted and Talented Program Referrals is Open
The Counseling Department of Center ISD is accepting referrals for the Gifted and Talented program until Friday, November 20, 2020 for our annual assessment period. Referral forms can be found on the District website and in the front office of each campus and should be returned either to the campus office or to the administration office. While the district accepts referrals throughout the year, assessments for students after November 20, 2020 will be on an as-needed basis as determined by the district. 
If you have any questions, please contact the Director of 504 and Counseling Services at 598-5642 or your campus counselor.

Additional Rules for Students Receiving Virtual Instruction

The Center Independent School District, in an effort to improve our educational environment will be making the following changes to our instructional program.

During the first six weeks of school, our data indicated a large number of students with either poor virtual attendance, poor academic performance or both. 

Many of our students are failing multiple courses/subjects while receiving virtual instruction. We also have many students who have not been in attendance for virtual school. Given this information, Center ISD has decided to end virtual instruction.  Effective Monday, October 26, 2020 all instruction for Center ISD 
will be face to face.

This decision was made due to the fact that:

----- the number of students that are failing one or more classes.

----- the number of students that have an attendance rate of below 95%.

----- the number of students that are failing a STAAR/EOC class.

----- the number of seniors that are failing one or more classes required for graduation.

Center Independent School District will be contacting the families of students that are failing one or more classes/subjects. Parents who do not wish to bring their students back to face to face instruction have the following options from which to choose:

Withdraw their child to a certified homeschool curriculum, and be able to prove to the campus what you are doing.
Enroll in another online school.
Transfer to another district.

Center Independent School District will be contacting the families of students who chose virtual instruction by mail and by phone to notify you prior to October 19, 2020. 

We look forward to seeing our students return to school so that we can better serve them and help them be successful. If your child is currently learning virtually, please be prepared to make a decision regarding your student and the best educational decision for them. 

Thank you for working with us to provide the best educational options for your child. If you have concerns regarding COVID-19 and the Center ISD protocols, please go to our website at and read our plan. You are also free to contact your child’s principal with other questions.

FLM – Lana Whitworth
CES – Lee Ann Masterson
CMS – Jake Henson
CHS – Dr. Byron Miller


Brian Morris, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Center ISD


September 21, 2020

To Whom It May Concern:

During this past week, we had issues and disruptions on one of our campuses that are not acceptable and are detrimental to the educational process. Center ISD will not tolerate behaviors that make people feel unwanted or unsafe. Threatening, bullying, discriminatory or other intolerant behaviors will not be allowed or tolerated. Students who engage in such behaviors or bring such behaviors onto campus will be disciplined and can be removed from the campus to which they are assigned. Most of the behaviors that we have seen in our students, have been manifested by adults on social media. We, as adults, have a responsibility to teach our children how to get along with people who may think,act or look differently than they do. Our students have done a great job, until this week, of keeping the adult foolishness of social media out of our school. 

Center Independent School District is at a place where we have to take a stand against behaviors that are preventing us from accomplishing our primary goals: 1. Keep all students safe. And 2. Ensure that our students are getting the best education possible. We are giving our students one more chance to make sure that what has happened this week does not continue to happen. 

One of the issues at hand is that we have students wearing flags, masks or clothing that creates a disturbance. From this point forward, Center ISD will not allow any clothing or flags that are politically based, or that support or target groups or organizations. Because we have shown that we have chosen not to disagree agreeably, this list will include, but is not limited to clothing with any flags other than official national or state flags. Should our students refuse to abide by this rule, then all students and employees will be required to wear a uniform approved by the CISD Board of Trustees. This uniform could be Khaki pants/skirts with purple, yellow or white pull over shirts.

Another issue we had was how students treated other students on the dress up days. If our students cannot treat each other with respect, we will discontinue having the fun activities. For example, dress up days, pep rallies or days that are meant to be special and fun for all students. The issues and disruptions the school has witnessed have occurred partly a result of the infighting among our community members on social media. CISD finds it appalling that our adults have not been an example to our students on how to disagree with each other and remain civil.  Should community members be disruptive, the district is ready to clear the stands during extracurricular activities. As a district we would 
hate to do this, but we have to do a better job as adults. Our children watch us and they do what we do. CISD has tried to encourage everyone to get along and work together, but that does not seem to be working. Please don’t push us to the point where you will not be able to see your students perform. 

We as adults, as well as students, need to understand that the district is focused on creating a safe learning environment that is conducive to allowing our students to learn.  We don’t want to take privileges away from students, or community patrons, but at some point, we have to regain order and remember what our role as the educator is, educate all of our students to the best extent possible. We are Center ISD, and we should be united and handle disagreements in a civil and educationally focused manner.

Center Independent School District is dedicated to ensuring each and every student is provided the highest quality education possible. We had some situations last week that have created issues and disruptions within our district. 

Therefore, Center ISD believes there is a need to set behavioral expectations and reminders.

1. Students who engage in bullying, threatening, harassing or discriminatory behaviors will be punished to the fullest extent possible, according to the Student Code of Conduct, and all applicable state and federal laws. These students will lose all privileges, such as participation in and attending extracurricular activities, pep rallies and other school events.

2. Dress up / Spirit days will be clearly defined. Students who choose not to follow the defined themes of dress up / spirit days, and where there continues to be issues and disruptions due to student dress, Center ISD is prepared to end these events. This does not mean that it is mandatory to dress up, only that if a student chooses to dress up, it has to be in conjunction with the theme of the day.

3. Center ISD is also prepared to implement a dress code that prohibits any messages or graphics on clothing. During this past week, one of the issues was students wearing flags, masks or clothing that are inappropriate and have created a disturbance. From this point forward, Center ISD will not allow any clothing that supports or targets political groups or organizations. Clothing with official national or state flags are permitted. Any article of clothing that is vulgar, incites violence or creates an environment of fear, bullying or discrimination are not tolerated. Continued disruptions will result in everyone being required to wear a uniform approved by the CISD Board of Trustees.

4. Employees are prohibited under the Texas Election Code from trying to persuade students politically, either actively or passively during school time or at school events. Employees of Center ISD should avoid any type of political persuasion while at work. When employees actively or passively try to persuade students, a system is created where one group or another feels marginalized. We are here for ALL students regardless of their, or your, political affiliation. Failure to follow this directive will result in consequences.

5. Teachers should be teaching bell to bell. We cannot afford not to teach in this manner. Principals and assistant principals are responsible for ensuring this happens, daily. 

6. Our public has a responsibility in this situation as well. Many of the comments that have been made on social media and at games have been untrue and unnecessary. We want our community in the stands, cheering all of our students in all of our organizations. Although you may not agree with our students, they are still kids. Our job as adults is to model the proper behaviors that will help our students grow up to be respectful and productive members of society. From 
this day forward, if an adult causes a disruption at any school function, they will be asked to leave. Once someone has been asked to leave they will not be allowed back on school property or at school functions, this would include graduation.

7. Although we do not anticipate the following, it should be known that if we have a major disruption in the stands between adults, Center ISD is prepared to clear the bleachers for the remainder of that game and all forthcoming games or contests. This would mean that our kids would still play but there would be no one in the stands. 

The desire of Center ISD is that all of our students and patrons feel safe and welcome, prepared to learn. It is not the desire of Center ISD to have to implement these restrictive scenarios, but we need everyone to comply with the behavioral expectations. Social media has not helped our situation, in fact it has created more division.

A Quien Le Corresponda:

 Durante la semana pasada, tuvimos problemas e interrupciones en uno de nuestros campus que no son aceptables y son perjudiciales para el proceso educativo. Center ISD no tolerará comportamientos que hagan que las personas se sientan indeseadas o inseguras.
No se permitirán ni tolerarán comportamientos amenazantes, intimidatorios, discriminatorios u otros comportamientos intolerantes. Los estudiantes que se involucren en tales comportamientos o traigan tales comportamientos al campus serán disciplinados y pueden 
ser removidos del campus al que están asignados. La mayoría de los comportamientos que hemos visto en nuestros estudiantes, han sido manifestados por adultos en las redes sociales. Nosotros, como adultos, tenemos la responsabilidad de enseñar a nuestros hijos 
cómo llevarse bien con personas que pueden pensar, actuar o verse de manera diferente a ellos. Nuestros estudiantes han hecho un gran trabajo, hasta esta semana, al mantener la necedad adulta de las redes sociales fuera de nuestra escuela.

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Center se encuentra en un lugar donde tenemos que tomar una posición en contra de los comportamientos que nos impiden lograr nuestras metas principales: 1. Mantener a todos los estudiantes seguros. Y 2. Asegurar que nuestros 
estudiantes estén recibiendo la mejor educación posible. Les estamos dando a nuestros estudiantes una oportunidad más para asegurarnos de que lo que sucedió esta semana no continúe sucediendo.
Uno de los problemas que tenemos a la mano es que tenemos estudiantes que usan banderas, máscaras o ropa que crea disturbios. A partir de este momento, Center ISD no permitirá ninguna ropa o banderas que tengan una base política, o que apoyen o se dirijan a grupos u organizaciones. Debido a que hemos demostrado que hemos optado por no estar en desacuerdo de manera agradable, esta lista incluirá, entre otros, ropa con cualquier bandera que no sea la bandera oficial nacional o estatal. Si nuestros estudiantes se niegan a cumplir con esta regla, entonces todos los estudiantes y empleados deberán usar un uniforme aprobado por la Mesa Directiva de CISD. Este uniforme puede ser pantalones / faldas color caqui con camisa de color morado, amarillo o blanco.
Otro problema que tuvimos fue cómo los estudiantes trataban a otros estudiantes en los días de disfraces. Si nuestros estudiantes no pueden tratarse con respeto, dejaremos de tener actividades divertidas. Por ejemplo, días de disfraces, manifestaciones de ánimo o días 
que deben ser especiales y divertidos para todos los estudiantes. Los problemas y las interrupciones que ha presenciado la escuela se han producido en parte como resultado de las luchas internas entre los miembros de nuestra comunidad en las redes sociales. CISD considera 
que es lamentable que nuestros adultos no han sido un ejemplo para nuestros estudiantes sobre cómo estar en desacuerdo entre sí y permanecer civilizados. Si los miembros de la comunidad son perturbadores, el distrito está listo no dejar gente en el estadio durante las actividades extracurriculares. Como distrito no nos gustaría hacer esto, pero tenemos que hacer un mejor trabajo como adultos. Nuestros hijos nos miran y hacen lo que nosotros hacemos. CISD ha tratado de animar a todos a llevarse bien y trabajar juntos, pero eso no parece estar funcionando. Por favor, no nos presione hasta el punto en que no podrá ver a sus estudiantes actuar.

Nosotros, como adultos, así como estudiantes, debemos entender que el distrito se enfoca en crear un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro que sea propicio para permitir que nuestros estudiantes aprendan. No queremos quitarles privilegios a los estudiantes ni a los patrocinadores de la comunidad, pero en algún momento, tenemos que recuperar el orden y recordar cuál es nuestro papel como educadores, educar a todos nuestros estudiantes en la mejor medida posible. Somos Center ISD y debemos estar unidos y manejar los desacuerdos de una manera civil y educativa.

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Center se dedica a garantizar que todos y cada uno de los estudiantes reciban la educación de la más alta calidad posible. Tuvimos algunas situaciones la semana pasada que han creado problemas e interrupciones dentro de nuestro distrito. Por lo tanto, Center ISD cree que es necesario establecer expectativas de comportamiento y recordatorios.

1. Los estudiantes que se involucren en conductas de intimidación, amenaza, acoso o discriminación serán castigados en la mayor medida posible, de acuerdo con el Código de Conducta del Estudiante y todas las leyes estatales y federales aplicables. Estos estudiantes perderán todos los privilegios,  como la participación y la asistencia a actividades extracurriculares, reuniones de motivación y otros eventos escolares.

2. Los días de disfraces / espíritu escolar estarán claramente definidos. Los estudiantes que eligen no seguir los temas definidos de los días de disfraces / espíritu, y donde continúan existiendo problemas e interrupciones debido a la vestimenta de los estudiantes, Center ISD está preparado para terminar con estos eventos. Esto no significa que sea obligatorio disfrazarse, solo que si un alumno elige disfrazarse, tiene que ser en conjunto con el tema del día.

3. Center ISD también está preparado para implementar un código de vestimenta que prohíbe cualquier mensaje o gráfico en la ropa. Durante la semana pasada, uno de los problemas fue que los estudiantes llevaban banderas, máscaras o ropa inapropiada y que habían creado disturbios. A partir de este momento, 
   Center ISD no permitirá ninguna ropa que apoye o se dirija a grupos u organizaciones políticas. Se permite ropa con banderas oficiales nacionales o estatales. No se tolerará ninguna prenda de vestir que sea vulgar, incite a la violencia o cree un ambiente de miedo, intimidación o discriminación.   Las interrupciones continuas resultarán en que todos tengan que usar un uniforme aprobado por la Mesa Directiva de CISD.

4. El Código Electoral de Texas prohíbe a los empleados tratar de persuadir a los estudiantes políticamente, ya sea activa o pasivamente durante el horario escolar o en eventos escolares. Los empleados de Center ISD deben evitar cualquier tipo de persuasión política mientras estén en el trabajo.   Cuando los empleados intentan de manera activa o pasiva persuadir a los estudiantes, se crea un sistema donde un grupo u otro se siente marginado. Estamos aquí para TODOS los estudiantes sin importar su afiliación política o la suya. El incumplimiento de esta directiva tendrá consecuencias.
5. Los maestros deben enseñar de timbre a timbre. No podemos permitirnos el lujo de no enseñar de esta manera. Los directores y subdirectores son responsables de asegurar que esto suceda, todos los días.
6. Nuestro público también tiene una responsabilidad en esta situación. Muchos de los comentarios que se han hecho en las redes sociales y en los juegos han sido falsos e innecesarios. Queremos a nuestra comunidad en las gradas, animando a todos nuestros estudiantes en todas nuestras organizaciones. 
   Aunque no esté de acuerdo con nuestros estudiantes, todavía son niños. Nuestro trabajo como adultos es modelar los comportamientos adecuados que ayudarán a nuestros estudiantes a convertirse en miembros respetuosos y productivos de la sociedad. A partir de este día, si un adulto causa una interrupción 
   en cualquier función escolar, se le pedirá que se vaya. Una vez que se le ha pedido a alguien que se vaya, no se le permitirá regresar a la propiedad de la escuela ni a las funciones escolares, esto incluiría la graduación.
7. Aunque no anticipamos lo siguiente, se debe saber que si tenemos una interrupción importante en las gradas entre adultos, Center ISD está preparado para despejar las gradas por el resto de ese juego y todos los próximos juegos o concursos. Esto significaría que nuestros hijos seguirían jugando pero no 
   habría nadie en las gradas.

El deseo de Center ISD es que todos nuestros estudiantes y usuarios se sientan seguros y bienvenidos, preparados para aprender. No es el deseo de Center ISD tener que implementar estos escenarios restrictivos, pero necesitamos que todos cumplan con las expectativas de comportamiento. Las redes sociales no 
han ayudado a nuestra situación, de hecho han creado más división.

Center Independent School District
P.O. Box 1689  |  107 PR 605  |  Center, Texas 75935
(936) 598-5642

Business Hours Monday - Friday 7:30AM - 4:30PM

The Center Independent School District, as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and/or age in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment decisions. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

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